I'd argue it's not the way they sound but the way you hear them. Horn to ear relationship is very different between these 2 shapes. I don't think a listener will notice much difference though at a distance in front of it.To me curved sopranos sound like saxophones and straight ones don't. It's not a visual thing, it's the way they sound. Resistance maybe? I don't know. Straight is too nasal to me, and holding it isn't like a saxophone at all. I play a Yani 991.
I do play the clarinet (started on it), and I eventually decided that a straight soprano is not optimal for me. Even when using a curved neck and a strap, the required playing angle for a straight sop, combined with the weight of the horn, made it uncomfortable to play for long periods of time. A curved soprano is just better balanced, and playing one is more like the experience of playing alto and tenor.Not being a clarinet player, infound straight sops really uncomfortable to hold. I suppose I could have gotten used to it but a curved required no such adjustment.
I agree. Curved feels much better in the hands (straight hurt my wrist a bit). I also find that the curved sopranos I've tried are much more in tune than the straight ones. Plus they just look more like a sax, not that that matters, just aesthetic.I'm the same way. Curved just feels much more natural.
If only that was the truth...they ask even when I play bari.The New Century piece is really really nice, very well done!
Another advantage of playing a curved soprano is nobody from the crowd will ask for a Kenny G tune.
Well, Sigurd and Carina Rascher preferred curved sopranos.As a proud owner of a curvy (Unison), I (obviously) prefer the curved because it feels good and IMO feels like a saxophone.
However, be prepared to get guff from everyone you meet about it. The "standard" (read: expected) soprano is the straight variety and when you show up with a curved sop, eyes will roll and people will instantly discount your abilities.
*shrug* People have their preconceived notions. Hasn't bothered me enough to think about a straight horn. I love my curvy sax